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Multiplication table

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Mrkim Report This Comment
Date: May 18, 2014 03:11AM

A concept as foreign to todays school kids as are LPs (*facepalm*)

pulse Report This Comment
Date: May 18, 2014 04:40AM

It's sad but true. And not just for the kids.

I've spent some time this afternoon helping my wife (primary school teacher) in her school's words "dumb down" the reports she's written as the school thinks the words and concepts will be too hard for the parents.

It's worth pointing out that this is a 'high achieving' school....
jgoins Report This Comment
Date: May 18, 2014 07:10AM

Most of the ones who need the "dumb down" version are the ones who were jocks and cheerleaders in school. The schools gave them preferential treatment through the teachers and staff so they basically only a bare minimum to get by. Those of us who were nerds have no problem with reading comprehension. Just try to imagine who we will be handing off civilization to in the near future.
BlahX3 Report This Comment
Date: May 18, 2014 10:19AM

I have worked for over 15 years in education in Oregon, my kid is in grade school, and in my experience this is simply not true concerning the use of multiplication tables and having to learn basic math concepts. Sure there is the problem of making things look better on paper than in reality in the interest of appearances that help them keep the money coming in (political, all about appearances, etc.), but in the classroom the focus is entirely different in most cases. The teachers, the students and the curriculum are not the problem in public education that I have seen. Political bullshit is.
Mrkim Report This Comment
Date: May 18, 2014 02:05PM

Which is exactly my point when saying the level of education I received in plain public schooling prior to the implementation of the federal behemoth known as the Dept of Education is far superior to what is meted out today.

I was sittin in a bar one night in a suburb of Indianapolis when on the road installing a machine and happened upon a college professor who seemed like an interesting guy, so we chewed the fat for a bit.

I was relating to him details of a trip I'd taken to Washington state and how impressed I'd been with the lifestyle and scenery there and in mentioning having seen some incredible water falls I said "This one in particular was really amazing, I mean here you have this sheer escarpment rising over 600 feet up and water just falling off the top of it, creating this beautiful, lush area beneath, where the falls pooled down below."

He looked at me incredulously and asked me if I had really just used the term "escarpment" and if I truly knew the meaning of the word, to which I said yeah and regurgitated the definition of the word, while he stared at me in amazement.

When I finished he asked me what my degree was in and I chuckled telling him I didn't have one, which seemed to mystify him even more.

He related that he doubted most of his professorial colleagues would even know the word, much less be able to use it in a sentence or define it and was mystified that a simple high school education anywhere would have availed me of such knowledge.

I picked up my glass, shoved it his way and said "A toast to education then!". As we both smiled and downed our sups of scotch I thought to myself .... "Sheesh, what a buncha dumbasses they must be raisin in this end of the world!" (headexplode)

BlahX3 Report This Comment
Date: May 18, 2014 10:52PM

It's been the same all along. The most educated people are those who have learned how to learn and are self motivated and self taught, irrespective of their formal educations.
jgoins Report This Comment
Date: May 19, 2014 07:53AM

I thought everyone knew the word escarpment. At least everyone in their '60s who watched Johnny Weissmuller's Tarzan movies. While talking to my Granddaughter who is attending college right now, I have noticed the lack knowledge the kids are graduating high school with today. They don't seem to be able to use pen and paper to figure out math problems. All my grand-kids are allowed to use calculators in school which is something I was never allowed to use in school. The don't even know much history and a lot of it they do know seems to be different than what I was taught or even lived through. They don't seem to be taught proper grammar or sentence structure either. I think the kids today are being taught how to play the system and get good grades without learning even the basics. My granddaughter graduated with very high grades and seems to have learned very little.
BlahX3 Report This Comment
Date: May 21, 2014 12:15PM

Maybe so but I had to learn to use a slide-rule in school, which is just a different type of calculator, and I bet your granddaughter knows more about using a calculator than we do.
jgoins Report This Comment
Date: May 23, 2014 06:15AM

True she probably does but what good would it do if one was not available? I doubt if kids today even know what happened in Pearl Harbor let alone the date it happened.
fossil_digger Report This Comment
Date: May 23, 2014 03:03PM

it really doesn't matter what the truth is concerning Pearl Harbour. revisionist history dictates that we (the united states and our allies) deserved anything that was given to us. handjob
Mrkim Report This Comment
Date: May 24, 2014 12:14AM

Yeah, but that's the fly in the ointment iddn it, that regardless of what may have been written regarding what happened at Pearl Harbor, there are those among us that believe each of the various tales having been told as "the truth".

I "think" I know what happened and why at Pearl Harbor, but can I unequivovably say I "do" know the real truth ..... nope.

The older I get, the more I understand how few answers I really have to anything, and I'm even beginning to doubt what I've always felt were at least good clues drinking

pro_junior Report This Comment
Date: May 24, 2014 04:08AM

the fuck does Pearl Harbor have to do with a multiplication table?? totally
pulse Report This Comment
Date: May 24, 2014 04:41AM

200 planes X 15 bombs = 3000 launches..?
jgoins Report This Comment
Date: May 25, 2014 07:06AM

As far as truth goes, there is no truth anywhere in the world. The truth, just like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.
woberto Report This Comment
Date: May 26, 2014 12:19AM

pulse Report This Comment
Date: May 26, 2014 03:18AM